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PCRMC Celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) recently celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week by offering activities for rehab patients and honoring therapy staff.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which is September 17-23 this year, is a time designated to educate people about the benefits of rehabilitation and the capabilities of people with disabilities, or those recovering from injury and illness.

That was exactly the purpose of a luncheon held for past PCRMC acute rehab patients on Wednesday, September 20, at Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla. About 40 people attended.

This annual event provides patients and their loved ones with the opportunity to visit with their therapists, according to Amy Robnett, program director for the acute rehab unit. The lunch also allows PCRMC rehabilitation therapy staff to see the improvements made by their patients and how these patients have regained their independence.

This year’s speaker was Randy Dorsey, a patient who received care at PCRMC after suffering a stroke over 13 months ago. Dorsey went through both the acute rehabilitation program as an inpatient and the outpatient therapy services at PCRMC.

Dorsey described himself as a healthy and accomplished individual before his stroke. However, after his stroke, he lost all feeling on the left side of his body.

“It devastated me,” he said but noted that he had a glimpse of hope. “I could only wiggle my pinky finger.”

Dorsey received care from experienced staff with PCRMC Rehabilitation Services, and he described his journey as a positive one.

“All of the nurses, therapists and my family members… were all so encouraging,” he said. “I’ve been so blessed.”

Guests also received handouts regarding a comparison between traditional Medicare and the Managed Medicare plans as well as how patients could receive rehabilitation services covered by these plans.

Attendees at this year’s luncheon were treated to meals provided by Lee’s Chicken. Before they ate, Phil Cox, PCRMC director of pastoral services, gave a blessing.

The Rolla Pickers, made up of Bill Pilliard (a PCRMC employee), Shirley Robertson, Jena Huizinga and De Price, played music during the event. Door prizes also were given away.

“I want to thank all of the musicians, speakers, patients and their families for coming out and celebrating National Rehab Week with our staff,” said Robnett.

The luncheon is just one of the events PCRMC organized for National Rehabilitation Awareness Week this year.

“We also did activities on the rehab unit and for our referral sources in the community,” Robnett said. “We provided treats and goodies to all of the case managers and social workers who work with our patients, too.”

According to Robnett, patients treated by PCRMC Rehabilitation Services have come from all over the area, and even out of state.

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Physiatrist Dawn Myers, DO, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Missouri native Dawn M. Myers, DO, MPT, joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group in September as a new physiatrist — a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Physiatry is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating neurological, musculoskeletal and other types of disorders that cause temporary or permanent injury and functional disability.

“We basically assist patients who have any impairment that prevents them from functioning normally,” Dr. Myers explains. The goal of all the treatments in physical medicine and rehabilitation is to increase a person’s mobility, strength and balance.

Dr. Myers earned a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in health science and later received her master of physical therapy (MPT), both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In May 2013, she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB).

After graduating from KCUMB, Dr. Myers completed an internship at Capital Region Medical Center in

Jefferson City. Earlier this year, she finished her residency program at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Myers may provide patients with assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, to help during rehabilitation. In certain cases, medication can be prescribed to help with pain management, alertness and fatigue.

Among the procedures or treatments that Dr. Myers is trained in include joint injections, Botox injections or trigger point injections (TPI). Dr. Myers also can perform EMGs (electromyograms) and nerve conduction studies, where the electrical activity of muscles is measured.

She is working with fellow PCRMC physiatrist Matthew Rieth, MD.

To learn more about physical medicine and rehabilitation, visit pcrmc.com.

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General Surgeon Raman Babayeuski, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Raman Babayeuski, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general surgeon.

Dr. Babayeuski earned his medical degree from the Belarusian State Medical University in Belarus. He completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

He has five years of experience as a surgeon in Belarus. His special interests include minimally invasive abdominal surgery, robotic surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery, endocrine surgery (including surgery involving adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands) and surgery for breast cancer patients.

While his mother was a psychiatrist, Dr. Babayeuski actually credits his interest in science and health classes in school as to what led him on the path to become a physician.

The number of different health services available at PCRMC is one of the reasons he chose to practice here. “It’s a big hospital and a busy place,” he says of PCRMC.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Babayeuski says he likes to be able to cure diseases through operations and help his patients live better lives. One of the best health tips he would give his patients is encouraging them to eat healthy and exercise regularly. “A healthy body leads to a healthy spirit,” he says.

Dr. Babayeuski joins fellow PCRMC General Surgeons Matthew Bond, DO; Dana Voight, MD; LeRoy Wombold; DO; and Allison Rowden, PA.

To learn more about Dr. Babayeuski, or any of PCRMC’s general surgeons, please visit pcrmc.com.

 

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Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general psychiatrist.

Dr. Ellur earned his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. He completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (Einstein Health Network), an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He has special interests in early-onset psychosis, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders in children and adults, interventional psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Dr. Ellur was drawn to the field of psychiatry because of his curiosity to learn how mental health is pursued across different cultures and the stigma attached to these illnesses. “I’m very interested in neuroscience and behavioral sciences, given the recent discovery of new psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions,” he says.

When looking for a place to practice, he says he chose PCRMC because he wants to improve access to and delivery of mental health in rural areas. Dr. Ellur adds that PCRMC has a willingness to provide evidence-based and advanced services to the community.

Helping patients with meeting their needs and getting the most out of their lives are what he enjoys about being a psychiatrist.

As for the best advice he could give his patients, Dr. Ellur says, “Good mental health is good physical health,” noting there is a strong connection between the two. He also hopes to start offering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy at PCRMC soon. These types of therapies are helpful for patients who have not responded to medications for recurrent, major depressive disorders and a wide variety of other psychiatric conditions.

To learn more about Dr. Ellur, or to make an appointment, please visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.

 

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PCRMC Hosts First Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) hosted the first annual Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

About 40 representatives from PCRMC, area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and ambulance districts, Texas County Memorial Hospital, Salem Memorial District Hospital and other healthcare organizations attended the daylong, free event held at the PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute.

The attendees, which included paramedics, nursing and EMS staff, ambulance personnel and emergency department providers and employees, heard from physicians at PCRMC, MU Health Care in Columbia and SSM Health in St. Louis about topics related to emergency medicine.

“This seminar offered a chance to learn about the most up-to-date information in emergency care,” says Jeffery Kerr, DO, medical director of the PCRMC Emergency Department. “Even though we work for different organizations, we’re all on the same team when it comes to emergency care.”

During the seminar, Dr. Kerr led a session called “My Chest Hurts,” which explained the signs and symptoms of an impending critical event. He also filled in on a presentation about pediatric airway emergencies.

Carl “Chip” Lange, PA-C, with the PCRMC Emergency Department, discussed hot topics in emergency medicine.

Among the other speakers at the symposium was Dr. Albert Chan, an interventional cardiologist at MU Health Care, who provided an update on the management of ST elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI), a type of heart attack.

In addition, Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, a trauma surgeon with MU Health Care, spoke about initial management of serious injuries in the rural setting, and Dr. Ashish Nanda, an interventional neurologist at SSM, discussed acute stroke management and interventional therapy.

This seminar was offered free to emergency services personnel thanks to the Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Fund, which provides for the needs of the PCRMC Emergency Department.

“The fund was set up by Dr. Crump’s family through the Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation. The fund is used for educational opportunities for emergency medical personnel,” Dr. Kerr says. “Dr. Crump had a passion for teaching and promoting teamwork among healthcare professionals.”

Dr. Crump moved to Rolla in 1981 and joined the PCRMC staff, where he worked in the Emergency Room. He eventually became the medical director of emergency services from 1984-2009. In 1997, he took a position as vice president/chief medical officer at PCRMC and held this position until the time of his death in 2010.